Samsung sets 2nd 'Free the TV Contest' for app developers

Samsung this week launched its second annual "Free The TV Challenge," offering mobile and TV app developers a $100,000 top prize to create converged apps that that work across multiple screens, running on TVs, smartphones, tablets and computers, using its newly released SDK.  

The contest coincides with the release of version 2.5 of Samsung's free SDK (available here). Developers can also find additional documentation, tutorials and the MOVL Connect platform on the site. 

Samsung said it's looking specifically for controller apps, companion apps and interactive apps. 

In addition to the $100,000 first prize, the CE manufacturer is paying $75,000 for second and $50,000 for third. The company will also be awarding TVs and tablets. Winners will be announced at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.

Last year, MOVL's WeDraw took the top prize.

Samsung has heavily invested in connected TVs, and in February the company announced a slew of partnerships with European content providers.

Samsung believes connected TVs will be, as Seok-Pil Kim, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Europe, said in February, "the center of our living room, and the dominant piece of technology that connects, enables, empowers, and entertains us all."

"Human Digitalism demands that we create products for how people live," he said.

For more:
- check out the contest details
- see the release

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